The renovation and expansion of Louisiana State University’s 25-year-old recreation facility, UREC, provides much-needed facilities for fitness, well-being, aquatics, sport programs and outdoor adventure. HOK approached the project with the goal of creating a healthy building for healthy bodies.
The team designed the expansion to create connectivity and continuity, working with the existing infrastructure and seamlessly linking the addition, indoor-outdoor program areas and campus recreation spaces.
The design highlights the intersection of old and new, creating garden wedges where the two buildings meet. These green spaces cut inwards, physically pointing to the heart of the building, toward the climbing wall and spiral portion of the running track. The elevated track winds through the space like an LSU Tiger tail while connecting to fitness neighborhoods on the second and third floors.
A new outdoor aquatics and adventure center includes two lap pools, a recreation pool that spells out the letters “LSU,” tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and a high-ropes challenge course.
Student input influenced the UREC’s design. With its open plan and fitness neighborhoods, the facility supports an active environment of diversity and inclusion. To inspire students as they develop their fitness routines, a double-height space for functional fitness training is prominently located on the addition’s northwest corner.
A joint venture of GraceHebert Architects and HOK designed the project.